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Bishop's Column: A transforming worldview

“Transformational” is a buzzword these days. Like “awesome,” it is often applied to all kinds of things, and frankly often to minor things—like electronic products that we buy. But the meaning of the word is big, if you will. “Transformational” conveys an experience that is truly life-changing. But how many life-changing experiences can you have in a day, month, year or even a lifetime?

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Did You Know – Program ministry grants have launched

For years the Northern Illinois Conference has had a tradition of encouraging local churches to dream beyond their current ministries by offering small grants for new and creative experiments. With the transition to the Annual Conference Shepherding Team in 2017, we have been realigning the Program Ministries of the conference to address today’s realities. This fall we are excited to launch a newly organized granting structure to help our congregations experiment with ministries that are risk-taking and adventurous.  

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Shepherding Team strategizes this summer

Members of the Annual Conference Shepherding team met twice over the summer to continue their work on strategic planning while working toward new goals for the Conference. 


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Registration open for UMM Spiritual Congress

Men of the Northern Illinois Conference, you're invited to join the Northern Illinois Conference UMM for the Spiritual Congress (annual men’s retreat) to be held September 14-16th in Williams Bay, WI on scenic Lake Geneva.  Spiritual Congress is presented by the NICUMM for spiritual development, training, and fellowship with brothers from around the conference.

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Church’s neighborly outreach to school builds relationships and community

When the nearly 300 elementary students go back to the classroom at Rochelle’s Central School this fall, their next door neighbor will be by their side. Through their “Love Thy Neighbor” ministry, Rochelle United Methodist church, which sits across the street from the school, has been reaching out to Central School through a variety of neighborly gestures.

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Leonard L. Sukut

Rev. Leonard L. Sukut, retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018. During his ministry, he served in Canada where he was ordained. In the Northern Illinois Conference, he served Pearl City and Downers Grove: Faith.

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